The ‘foreign’ parasite you can catch by drinking British water – and the devastating consequences could stay with you for years.
Catching a nasty stomach bug from dirty water is the sort of hazard that most of us would worry about only when visiting far-flung destinations on holiday.
But giardiasis — the disease caused by the tiny parasite giardia lamblia — can be picked up here in the UK.
In fact, more than 50,000 people are thought to be infected by it in Britain every year.
One of them was Little Britain’s David Walliams, who caught the parasite while swimming the length of the Thames in 2011.
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